HGTV Urban Oasis 2013: Kitchen Pictures

Contemporary elements and state-of-the-art appliances pair effectively with vintage finds from one of Boston's finest salvage warehouses.

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February 09, 2015

A 7' 10" long by 4' 11" wide island, topped with granite, serves as both island and dining area. A custom-built fireplace lends ambiance, and artwork by Boston painter and printmaker John Thompson draws the eye.

A glass backsplash visually expands the space while the quartz-topped galley-style countertop provides display space for photography: black-and-white snapshots of Boston attractions.


A foil to espresso-finished Shaker-style cabinetry, bin knobs, circa late 19th century, were reclaimed from a butler's pantry in a Boston home. After purchase from Restoration Resources, Boston's famed salvage showroom and warehouse, the knobs were polished and installed.

In place of a formal floral arrangement, an aloe plant, nestled in a glass bowl of river pebbles, provides a pop of color and texture.

Floors, clad in eco-friendly, durable bamboo, complement the apartment's muted, neutral color palette, which is inspired by apartment views and interiors of the W Boston Hotel and Residences.

A custom surround, designed to complement the kitchen cabinetry, houses an ethanol fireplace. "It's cold here in Boston during the winter, so we were looking for some ways to personalize the apartment and give it some nice touches," says Lindsay Pumpa.

Candlelight flickers inside hand-blown mercury glass hurricanes. "I relied on contrast to catch the eye rather than bold color. I relied on dark and light," says Lindsay Pumpa.

Interior designer Lindsay Pumpa visited a slab yard to select the piece of granite that tops the kitchen island, which serves as both work surface and dining table.

"Kitchen design, more than anything, is about functionality, especially in condos," says Lindsay Pumpa. "So I wanted to make sure we kept the three key elements — sink, dishwasher, cooking area — all within a triangle balance. This allows for logical accessibility, which makes being in the kitchen a pleasure as opposed to a hassle."

For the convenience of the homeowner, a 30-inch gas stovetop is offered in addition to an oven and microwave wall unit.

A guache and screen print on Chinese paper by Boston painter and printmaker John Thompson provides a shot of color, echoed in living room furnishings. "He is so passionate about what he does," says Lindsay Pumpa.

The island is situated to take best advantage of views, whether one is preparing a meal or chatting with friends over dinner.

Contemporary barstools, inspired by artist and furniture designer Harry Bertoia's iconic circa-1952 wire chair, offer both form and function. Open, airy steel rod construction guarantees durability while leatherette seats provide just the right touch of comfort.

Stainless steel fixtures, including a touchless pull-down faucet that operates with the wave of a hand, stand out against a muted surface of granite.

"We chose these hurricanes simply for the texture. We liked the slightly industrial feel they had due to their nubby, gritty texture," says Lindsay Pumpa.

The island features undercounter drawers and cabinet storage space as well as an electrical outlet to power appliances.

"When I design a kitchen I like to think about entertaining and how a host might feel while having guests over," says Lindsay Pumpa. "This largely influenced a lot of the design elements in the kitchen, starting with the mirrored backsplash. This not only reflects light, opening up the space, but allows you to see your guests while you are facing the stove."

The refrigerator is cleverly concealed behind a cabinetry panel, and a dual-zone wine storage cabinet offers space for up to 46 bottles. Stainless steel accents and cherry wood-faced shelves complement the kitchen's design aesthetic.

Interior designer Lindsay Pumpa commissioned Boston photographer Matt Kalinowski to capture zoomed-in vignettes of Boston's most popular historic sites and attractions. Framed images are paired with a mirrored tray that serves up circa-1930s seltzer bottles from Massachusetts companies GESCO Beverage and Colonial Cambridge.

"The item I like most in the kitchen would have to be the chandelier," says Lindsay Pumpa. "Lighting is one of my favorite steps in designing a condo — it can make the perfect finishing touches to any room. And that is exactly what this chandelier did. Coupled with the fireplace, it managed to dress up our island dining into a real dining room experience."

The low-voltage chandelier features 14 cable-suspended pendants. Floating like raindrops, each articulated cast-glass sphere holds an LED lamp.

A subtle nod to Boston history, industrial-style bin pulls pop against the hand-rubbed cabinetry finish.

Channel-set stainless steel strips, set against the dark finish of the fireplace surround, lend visual interest and continue a design focus on linear shapes and geometry.

The open floor plan encourages visitors to move to and from the dining area into the living room, where a two-drawer dresser doubles as a custom bar and media cabinet.